“Great questions are the prerequisite for great conversation. Sometimes, like peeling the layers off an onion, you have to peel the conversation back with even more questions.”
– Michael Hyatt writes about the lost art of listening.
Join a Club
Research suggests online social networking isn’t the answer (not that you’re surprised). So, how about joining a good old fashioned club? You know, the kind where you regularly meet with like-minded people to do stuff you all enjoy, in person, together?
Joining a sports club can be good for mental health. Book clubs, photography clubs… whatever you’re passionate about, find others to geek out with. 🤓
Do you belong to a club? Is it important to you? Tell us about it.
Improve Your Conversation Skills
Mastering the art of conversation isn’t just good for dinner parties; it can also help in your professional life. So, how do you do it?
One key thing to remember is that conversation isn’t just about talking – it’s also about listening and asking questions. So, be present and focus on what the other person is saying. Use open-ended questions; be genuine and admit when you don’t know something.
Here’s a great TED Talk with in-depth tips that’s worth a watch.
Ryan O’Donnell, Co-Founder & CEO of Replyify
An entrepreneur, investor, and father of three, Ryan O’Donnell says keeping his mornings on schedule is key to staying energized all day. He:
- Gets up at the same time each day. “Waking up at the same time each day helps me prevent the disruption of my internal clock and sleep better at night.”
- Drinks a glass of water right after waking. “This helps wake me up and replenish my fluids. Being fully hydrated is the key to health and well-being.”
- Sweats. “Morning exercise boosts my energy and improves my mood. It also provides mental clarity which helps me stay focused throughout the day.”
- Accomplishes an important task. “Accomplishing an important task in the morning gives me a headstart on my day.”
Why it works:
- A regular wake time reinforces circadian rhythm, keeping us healthy and energized.
- Hydration really is important for cognitive function.
- Even a few minutes of exercise can boost focus.
- Starting the day with a win encourages us to keep on making progress.
Just as kicking off the day with an accomplishment is powerful, so is counting wins at the end of the day to remind yourself of your progress (you can use your Panda Planner for this). Do you regularly stop to acknowledge your wins?